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Luggage and bags: While I try to take as little as possible these are some items that I must take along with me on most of my travels. I travel during any season and adjust my packing list according to the weather, type and length of travel. Following is just a sample of the items that I usually take along:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For Paris, I usually take with me 2 pair of slacks one black, the other any color (depending on the season, linen or cotton for the spring/summer, wool/wool blend or polyester blend for fall/winter, a black jacket to dress up the slacks or for casual dinning. If I'm going out to a club, 1 black dress, a pair of jeans or course and a pair of khakis or Capri’s. If it's summer than 2 skirts or shorts which can be worn either during the day or into the early evening
2 white t-shirts or tank tops 3 casual/dress shirts (sweaters in the winter)
1 pair of walking shoes for daytime touring, 1 pair black shoes or sandals, one week’s worth of undergarments, 2-3 pajamas or oversized t-shirts for sleeping , 5-7 pair of trouser socks,
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Extra pair of sunglasses, my cosmetics in a travel case, my favorite shampoo and conditioner in travel sizes, hand and body lotion travel size, Tylenol, allergy medication and any other medication I am taking at the time, Hair accessories, brush, hats or caps,
Photo Equipment: 2 cameras, plenty of memory cards, camera charger and my converter.
Miscellaneous: My preferred guide book, itineraries, maps, copies of my passport, airline tickets, phone numbers to credit card companies, extra ATM card for withdrawal from savings if my regular card fails, 2 credit cards, $500 in cash for just in case of emergency, left over Euros from the last trip (usually 100) and an extra travel bag to put all my purchases in.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Luggage and bags: Always have your money in a safe location and in additon best to keep one credit card stored in the safe at the hotel in case you lose your money. If your are not an EU citizen, you must have your passport on you at all times, while all EU citizens need either a passport or national identity card. Always make a photocopy of your passport and store in the hotel safe so if you ever lose it you can go to the embassy or your country and get a new one.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Paris generally has a moderate climate and although it does snow occassionally in the winter, it really gets extremely cold, while summers are warm but rarely excessively hot. If going in the winter bring warm clothes, but not excessively heavy, while in the spring or fall dress in layers as the weather can be variable. In Paris people tend to be more formal than in most other cities so avoid being too casual as you will stand out as a tourist. That doesn't mean you need to be overdressed, however a dress shirt, jeans, and leather shoes is common for Parisians to wear.
Luggage and bags: Pay attention to your bag. It can be stolen by a running thief. Better to have a traditional luggage and a purse attached to the belt.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: WINTER : it snows rarely on Paris but the temperature can be low (+ 1 or 2°c) without freeze. Generally, there is a nice weather at the beginning of February.
Have your wool and a rain coat.
SPRING : March and April are often rainy. May is nice.
Keep your rain coat and have good shoes.
SUMMER : it can be hot but not too much. Often, there are rainy days either in July or in August. The beginning of September is nice.
Have light clothes, a rain protection and good shoes.
FALL (AUTUMN): it goes progessively colder and often rainy.
Take care of you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some medicines are delivered only with a medical prescription. Bring your own medicine.
The chemistry is identified by a large green cross.
For toiletries : Paris is the town of perfumes. You will find everything you need and you dream in this matter.
The main brands at an affordable price can be bought at SEPHORA (several locations in Paris)
Photo Equipment: Do not forget your flash to shoot photographs in the monuments and outside by night. The films can be very expensive in the touristic areas.
You need to buy accessories : FNAC (Champs Elysees, Grands Boulevards, Forum des halles, la Defense).
You need to make your films developped quickly : Photo Service .
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The camping of Paris is in the Boulogne Forest : it can be damp on Springs and Fall.
If you go there : stay on a week day at 8:00AM, if you see a grey Renault Scenic, say "hello!", I am the driver and I go to the office.
Miscellaneous: Be aware of pickpockets, especially in the Metro (lines 1, 4 and 12 above all). Split your documents and cash in separated pockets or purses.
Electric plug : 2 pins, 220v. It is difficult to find an adapter : see the BHV (near the City Hall) or the Store 'Le Vieux Campeur' in the Quartier Latin (several stores in this area, especially rue du Sommerard)
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: Well, it all depends on how you are planning to move around in the city...If you want to be comfortable and practical you must definetely carry a backpack, if you are smart enough you´ll be able to pack all your stuff in there!!! Now, if you want your clothes not to get wrinkled you'd better carry a piece of luggage, but face the consequences: at many times, (i.e. when climbing stairways) you'll want to get rid of it, but remember that your belongings are there!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In springtime, carry warm clothes and a few sweaters to wear at night..There are great sales, so you´ll have the chance to buy markdown clothes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Band Aids, aspirins, the usual stuff.
Photo Equipment: A good digital cammera.
Miscellaneous: A Dictionary of French
Packing List for December
Luggage and bags: Less is better
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I can't stress this enough - attractive COMFORTABLE shoes. My feet and knees ached the entire week and I am only 30! I had even bought cushy insoles for my leather boots. A warm coat, scarf and gloves.
We tried to dress as Parisians do - simple and classy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get whatever you need in Paris.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Luxury Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack clothes under the same color scheme.
'Tis easier for you to mix and match. I don't know about you but I honestly prefer dressing in black or greys when I'm traveling... (for very obvious reasons).
Also, remember to pack along crease-resistant clothes like - wool or polyester; blends don't wrinkle as much as pure wool or 100% cotton (I never, never, never pack along clothes made of 100% cotton or worse still, clothes using linen material). It's nightmare when it comes to ironing!
And really, I hate having nightmares. I'm sure you do too. :-)
Miscellaneous: 'Above all, remember that the MOST important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an OPEN-MIND.' - Gail Rubin Bereny (American Author); b.1942
Luggage and bags: Take a good backpack because there is little doubt you will have to walk a bit with your bags... Also take a small backpack for day trips and some padlocks to keep sticky fingers out of your bags... :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are a must!!
Photo Equipment: Take a tripod for the wonderful night photos you can take...you'll be happy you did! :)
Luggage and bags: Another questionable way to avoid the new layout. I will rebuild this page one day or another for sure.
This is (obviously) a lovely (I tell it by myself) nightly view of the Eiffel Tower. This spectacle is unforgettable, even for a person coming from Rome...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In many cases..Paris needs lots of walk around the city to discover eerything... take the most comfortable shoes and clothes...never forget that it is also walking in some distances even in metro stations.
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: Just pack your normal stuff. Don't forget to include power adaptors for things like hairdryers.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can't go to Paris and not buy clothes, so don't overpack your bags. Make sure you leave room in your suitcases for your purchases! I suggest you only pack one suitcase and bring a second duffle bag to fill up with all your purchases! Oh, and bring comfy shoes, you will walk A LOT!
Photo Equipment: Of course bring your camera-- there are many wonderful photo opportunities in Paris. Make sure that you actually GET a photo of the Eifel Tower (I'm standing in front of it in this photo.)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: n/a
Miscellaneous: A suitcase full of money. Paris is an expensive city. Actually, do NOT leave your money in your room. Leave it in the hotel safe. Inquire at the front desk. The concierge should speak english almost certainly.
Luggage and bags: bring your credit cards!
backpack to have your souvenirs and gifts.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable wear. it's good when you walk around.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: don't leave your tissue at home, or you wanna insert coin for a public toilet there :) !
it's pretty easy to get some drug like panadol (pain-killer)
Photo Equipment: it's easy to get your digital camera recharge or have some rolls of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: cleansing gel / lotion
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Adventure Travel
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Oh, yeah. When you go to a 'pharmacie', you'll more than likely have to tell the attendant what you need and they'll get it for you. They don't have big aisles to browse. So bring your own embarrassing personal hygeine products with you, if you're shy! :) ROFL...
Luggage and bags: Bring extra bags or luggage w/ u in case u buy alot of GIFTS to bring home .I have to buy extra bags b/c I could not help myself stop shopping and buy chocolate,wine,cosmetic,perfume...that is most famous product in the world .
- Bring credit card and debit card with you ,so u don't have to pay FEE SERVICE when you exchange cash from your counties currency to EURO ( 15 to 20% fee ,yeah they ROB u ).Paris is so convinience to cash money out of ATM (everywhere).Your bank and credit card company will give you the best exchange without fee .IT'S GREAT !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: -If u love DANCING like me then bring couple nice dresses and at least 1 pair of shoes .
- Bring the comfortable shoes/boot for walking b/c METRO in Paris is main transportation ,we have to walk alot during the day .
-If u r living in snowing place and travel from end of March ,so don't need bring heavy jacket .As Paris has almost no snow during the winter time (every year),so Paris is not cold as North East America.Only feel chilly early in the morning and late at night .
-If u r living in warm places ,so of-course you should bring warm clothes on spring time.
Photo Equipment: *****WARNING : FOR US OR OTHER COUNTRY not use same type of ELECTRIC CORD .In US use FLAT CORE and in France and most Europe counties use ROUND CORE .When my video-camera out of battery ,I was STUCK for 5 days travel without record picture b/c couldn't find the round cord to lug in .Luckly I found round cord in Germany ...it's night mare !
So if u bring lap-top computer,video camera,hair dryer...which need to re-charge electric ,please looking for round electric cord and bring it w/ u so u don't lose time to SEARCHING what store sell this kind.
Luggage and bags: take a rucksack and more money!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: in paris you need to have three types of cloths
1 smart dinner dance club wear
2jeans and jumpers
3 more money to buy some, incase you have them robbed from your hotel room
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: take more money
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
Photo Equipment: Paris has lots of interesting places to photograph. Bring along some color and B&W films, you'll find plenty of opportunities to use both!
If you find that you're missing some equipment, don't worry - in Paris it's easy to find lots of photo shops. FNAC, for instance, has several small photo shops that sell equipment and develop film. Prices are correct.
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